Stargirl Preview: Courtney Juggles Superhero Training with Homecoming

Heading into this week's episode of DC Universe and The CW's Stargirl, we watched Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Yolanda (Yvette Monreal), Beth (Anjelika Washington), and Rick (Cameron Gellman) nearly go the route of the old JSA after a run-in with Lawrence "Crusher" Crock aka Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins) and Paula Brooks aka Tigress (Joy Osmanski). Thankfully, Pat (Luke Wilson) aka S.T.R.I.P.E. was there to pull their butts out of the fire. But instead of looking to shut down the new JSA for good, Pat offers to train and mentor them instead, seeing a need for a new JSA to counter whatever it is the Injustice Society has planned.

Speaking of the ISA, Jordan Mahkent aka Icicle (Neil Jackson) is gathering his fellow "big bads" to get the lowdown on this new JSA and wake up Henry King Sr. aka Brainwave (Christopher James Baker) for Project: New America (cue: ominous music). Which makes next episode "Shiv Part One" more important as ever, as you're about to see in the following preview images, promo, and overview. Courtney has to juggle being a new superhero, being the leader of a team of new superheroes, and Homecoming (!!!!). We're not sure even a cosmic staff could help Courtney keep that many plates spinning at the same time:

Stargirl -- "Shiv Part One" Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW
Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW
Stargirl -- "Shiv Part One" Nelson Lee as Dr. Ito/Dragon King -- Photo: Josh Stringer/The CW 
Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Nelson Lee as Dr. Ito/Dragon King — Photo: Josh Stringer/The CW
Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW
Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Cameron Gellman as Rick — Photo: Josh Stringer/The CW
Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Meg DeLacy as Cindy Burman and Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW

Stargirl season 1, episode 7 "Shiv Part One": LEA THOMPSON ("BACK TO THE FUTURE") DIRECTS THE EPISODE — As Pat (Luke Wilson) teaches Courtney (Brec Bassinger), Yolanda (Yvette Monreal), Beth (Anjelika Washington) and Rick (Cameron Gellman) the importance of teamwork, the ISA converge to figure out who is trying to take them down. Elsewhere, as the school prepares for homecoming, Cindy (Meg DeLacy) lashes out against her father's strict rules, while Barbara (Amy Smart) accepts an offer from Jordan (Neil Jackson). Trae Romano, Christopher James Baker, Jake Austin Walker, and Hunter Sansone also star. Lea Thompson directed the episode, written by Evan Ball.

A Look at Who's Who in Stargirl Season One

Courtney aka Stargirl (Brec Bassinger) and Pat Dugan aka S.T.R.I.P.E. (Luke Wilson) will need to form their own JSA for what lies ahead, and a new generation of hero will answer the call: Anjelika Washington's Beth Chapel aka Doctor Mid-Nite, Yvette Monreal's Yolanda Montez aka Wildcat, and Cameron Gellman's Rick Tyler aka Hourman. The Injustice Society ranks include Henry King aka Brainwave (Christopher James Baker), Jordan Mahkent aka Icicle (Neil Jackson), Paula Brooks aka Tigress (Joy Osmanski); Lawrence "Crusher" Crock aka Sportsmaster (Neil Hopkins); and Dr. Ito aka Dragon King (Nelson Lee).

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Stargirl — "Shiv Part One" Luke Wilson as Pat Dugan, Brec Bassinger as Courtney Whitmore and Trae Romano as Mike Dugan — Photo: Quantrell Colbert/The CW

The live-action series also stars Amy Smart (Barbara Whitmore), Joel McHale (Sylvester Pemberton aka Starman), Lou Ferrigno Jr. (Rex Tyler aka Hourman), Brian Stapf (Ted Grant aka Wildcat). Joining them this season: Henry Thomas (Dr. Charles McNider aka Dr. Mid-Nite), Meg DeLacy (Cindy aka Dragon King's daughter), and Trae Romano (Courtney's step-brother). Jake Austin Walker (Rectify), Hina Khan (Hit The Floor), and newcomer Hunter Sansone are also on board. Johns executive produces with Melissa Carter (Queen Sugar), who serves as co-showrunner, as well as Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter. Based on the characters from DC created by Johns, Stargirl is produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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